The end of 2018 turned out to be busier than we usually see, with ASUS deciding to do another ROG launch on the 13th December 2018. This launch saw the brand releasing two new gaming notebooks, including the Zephyrus S, and a series of new backpacks and apparel.
We first found out about the Zephyrus S a few months back when it was launched in Taiwan and now it’s finally here. Like its predecessor, the Zephyrus S has impressive specs to go with a thin body. In fact, it’s only about 15mm in thickness and weighs 2.1kg, which is very light for a gaming notebook. Despite that, it packs a lot of gaming performance within, housing an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB NVMe SSD. If that’s not enough for you, it also has a 15-inch IPS display that has a response time of 3ms and a refresh rate of 144Hz.
ASUS has maintained the use of the Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) so the Zephyrus S gains more air intake when the lid is lifted. To ensure top cooling performance, the machine also has five heat pipes that help draw heat away from the CPU and GPU. Two 12V fans work to vent out the heat within the four heatsinks, while keeping clear of dust with anti-dust tunnels.
The second notebook is the Strix SCAR II, which was revealed at this year’s COMPUTEX. Designed for fans of FPS in mind, the Strix Scar II features contrasting Kevlar and camouflage textures. Its specs are similar to the Zephyrus S, sporting an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. While it has a smaller capacity 256GB NVMe SSD, it can store more files with its additional 1TB Fire Barracuda SSHD. Furthermore, it has a larger 17.3-inch display that fits into the 15.7-inch chassis and has the same 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.
Finally, ROG also launched a range of apparel and backpacks. There are now two t-shirt designs called Lifestyle and Mechanic, as well as the ROG Ranger BP2500 Gaming Backpack, ROG Ranger BP1500 Gaming Backpack and ROG 2-in-1 Backpack.
The ROG Zephyrus S and ROG Strix SCAR II will retail for RM7,999 and RM7,599 respectively. As for the t-shirts, they will cost RM109 apiece while the backpacks are priced at RM499 (2-in-1), RM279 (BP2500) and RM159 (BP1500).